Devastation for THIS Home and Away favourite as their actions have life-threatening consequences

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Home and Away's Ziggy Astoni realises that her destructive behaviour isn't just putting herself in danger, but her friends too...

Today's Home and Away sees Dean Thompson in a bad way after being beaten up by a gang from out of town... but will his injuries make Ziggy Astoni realise that her partying ways are putting those she loves in danger?

Home and Away fans have watched Ziggy go off the rails since her marriage ended after finding out about husband Brody Morgan's affair with Simone Bedford, and last week things got more than a little out of hand.

Friday 31st May saw Dean targeted by a gang of men after he stopped them getting over friendly with Ziggy after a night out.

Ziggy, Ben and Maggie Astoni Home and Away

Ziggy's partying ways have ended in disaster (Credit: Channel 5)

But it seems the men weren't happy about Dean putting an end to their 'fun' because after he delivered Ziggy home safely, he found the gang waiting for him at the caravan park.

Today's episode sees Dean waking up on the side of an abandoned road, beaten and bruised. But lucky for him, Ben Astoni is driving past and sees him limping towards town.

After telling Dean he needs to get checked out, Ben is shocked when he refuses to go to hospital, and instead Ben takes a stubborn Dean home to his place where Maggie and Ziggy tend to his wounds.

Home and Away, Ziggy Morgan, Dean Thompson, Ben Astoni

Ziggy knows Dean's beating is partly her fault (Credit: Channel 5)

But while Dean is adamant that he won't be reporting the attack to the police, Ziggy is quietly trying to hide her guilt that Dean got hurt because of her partying ways.

As the weight of her actions hit her heard, Ziggy realises that she needs to make some changes to how she copes with her marriage breakdown.

But when Dean reassures her that he doesn't blame her for what happened, she lashes out and tells him that he should be punishing her instead of protecting her.

Ziggy Astoni and Dean Thompson Home and Away

Dean doesn't blame Ziggy for his attack, but she thinks he should! (Credit: Channel 5)

However, Dean's friendship is too strong, and he knows that Ziggy already feels bad enough.

As she breaks down in his arms, it seems Dean's attack might have been the wake up call that the mechanic needed to reassess her life without husband Brody by her side.

But will she be able to make those life changes before someone else gets hurt?

Watch Home and Away every weekday at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.